U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) applauded the EPA’s finalized rule to fully roll back the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule.

Put in place by the Obama Administration in 2015, the WOTUS Rule levied heavy-handed, unnecessary bureaucratic regulations on the backs of hard-working farmers, ranchers, builders, and property owners in Arizona.

"The WOTUS Rule gave Washington bureaucrats the power to unnecessarily regulate every stream, creek, and ditch across the country—without actually improving water quality,” said McSally. “As a result, farmers, ranchers, landowners, and small businesses were buried under burdensome red tape impacting their own backyards and communities. I’ve been working to overturn this onerous rule since it was first implemented and today’s roll back is a huge win for Arizona’s citizens and jobs.”

In March 2016March 2017, and April 2019, McSally submitted an appropriations language request to the Appropriations Committee to prohibit the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from using appropriated funds for the WOTUS rule, or any substantially similar rule.

In May 2018,  McSally voted in favor of an amendment to the Farm Bill which would have repealed the 2015 WOTUS Rule.

In June 2017, McSally supported the Trump Administration’s release of a proposed rule that will kill the Obama Administration’s WOTUS Rule by effectively re-codifying the Clean Water Act as it existed prior to 2015.